8 Foods to Avoid During Breastfeeding

8 Foods to Avoid During Breastfeeding

While breastfeeding, whatever you eat, your baby eats too. Consult with your doctor about your diet, to ensure your baby is getting the best possible nutrition from your breastmilk. Here are some foods to avoid during breastfeeding. 8 Foods to Avoid During Breastfeeding 1 High Mercury Fish These include fish like king mackerel, swordfish and shark, which include high levels of mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can affect your baby’s brain functioning. Try eating seafood like catfish, salmon and canned light tuna that contain healthy essential oils which are good for both you and the baby. 2 Tea / Coffee Drinking more than 2 – 3 cups of coffee a day could lead to high levels of caffeine in your body, which may in turn affect the caffeine level in your breastmilk! Babies ingesting caffeine could lead to fussiness and sleep interruption. The level of tannin (caffeine found in tea) varies, so you will have to watch your intake accordingly. Try switching instead to naturally non-caffeinated herbal teas like chamomile and nettle, which are gentle and soothing. These teas also help with breastfeeding issues, such as low milk supply and help to calm teething babies. 3 Alcohol Babies consuming alcohol through breastmilk could potentially have their growth and sleep patterns affected. It doesn’t mean that you can’t have any fun at all though! If you do drink, just wait for at least two hours before feeding your baby. Prepare for a night out by storing up excess breast milk to feed your baby with later. 4 Citrus Fruits Citrus fruits could cause fussiness, diaper rash and gastrointestinal refluxes....
7 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

7 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

For anyone who’s already a practitioner of yoga, you need no persuasion about its benefits. From improved blood circulation, muscle strength, coordination to weight loss, this ancient practice is well-loved by many. What about prenatal yoga though? Is it safe enough to practice while pregnant? The answer is a resounding yes. As long as you receive instruction from a certified yoga teacher, you are in safe hands. Be sure to voice any discomforts and know your own limits. In general, pre-natal yoga is gentle enough to impart health benefits, boosting your immune system, while potentially helping you with your birthing process. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, prenatal yoga can: 1. Improve sleep 2. Reduce stress and anxiety: breathing exercises improve the flow of oxygen in your body and to your brain, alleviating feelings of stress and anxiety. 3. Improve strength, flexibility, and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth: these are your pelvic floor, hip, and abdominal core muscles. 4. Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. 5. Decrease headaches and shortness of breath. 6. General improvement in mood: exercise releases endorphins, the hormone that helps to boost mood and sense of wellbeing. 7. Bonus: meet other soon-to-be mothers! Prenatal yoga classes could also offer an opportunity to connect with other moms-to-be. If you’re looking to build a casual support network, share tips and make friends, these classes could prove to be a great chance to connect. Some general tips to make sure you’re practicing safely: 1. Know your limits. Certain styles of yoga, such as Bikram yoga or hot yoga, may be too strenuous. Bikram...
3 Tips to Combat Pregnancy Fatigue

3 Tips to Combat Pregnancy Fatigue

by Susan Tanner If your pregnancy is anything like mine were, you are probably exhausted… all the time. It is not at all uncommon to experience pregnancy fatigue. It seems only natural that sustaining two lives drains you of more energy than only dealing with your own. Having a fetus growing in your belly most certainly takes its toll on your body. Pregnancy fatigue is often accompanied by a multitude of aches, pains, and sore muscles. How you deal with these problems will often determine your level of pregnancy fatigue. Pregnancy fatigue is generally caused by your body adjusting to natural hormonal changes, and the added weight of carrying the baby. You may also be having trouble sleeping due to aches and pains, vivid dreams, or simply too much stress. 1. Get more sleep any way you can As usual, raging hormones are unavoidable. But losing sleep is a huge contributor to pregnancy fatigue. Pregnancy fatigue is just your body’s way of telling you that it needs more rest. Then it seems reasonable to assume that the way to start alleviating the problem is to sleep more. Try to go to bed earlier, and get about 9-10 hours of sleep per night if you can. If you are having trouble sleeping, try drinking a non-caffeinated herbal tea or lighting some scented candles. Breathing exercises can also help you to calm your nerves for sleep. Try taking naps during the day in addition to sleeping more at night, and try to stay off your feet during the day, sitting or laying down whenever possible. Even a quick 20 or 30...
Pregnancy Photography – Capturing the Belly

Pregnancy Photography – Capturing the Belly

Pregnancy Photography – These tips have been adapted from Heather Hart of A La Mode Photo who specializes in natural environment, pregnancy, family and pet photography. Pregnancy is a special time. As the belly swells, so does your sense of wonder and joy – and it’s a poignant moment worth capturing. These days, pregnancy photography is all the rage – we see it all over Instagram and Facebook. But it doesn’t have to be a complicated affair! Spending some time in a beautiful natural setting with a friend and a camera can produce some pretty great results. Here are some tips that can help you along: 1. Find a friend. If hiring a professional photographer is not your thing, enlist a helpful and talented friend! Since you are the model, you need someone who has a few hours to dedicate to you and your Belly. Plus, you will probably be a lot more comfortable with someone you know and are familiar with, so you’ll look relaxed on camera. 2. Try using a camera with real film and not digital. Go to a camera store and ask for professional black and white film – avoid going to the local market or drugstore for your film – there is a big difference! Ask for 125 speed film – there is less grain. And everyone always looks so much better in black and white – try it, you may like it. 3. Wear natural make-up – a little base and accent your eyes goes a long way. Since you’re shooting outdoors, keep it light! 4. Choose a place outdoors. A local park...
Breastfeeding? What you can do if you suspect you have mastitis

Breastfeeding? What you can do if you suspect you have mastitis

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for you and your baby. As nursing moms, we all know that breast is best – but what can we do when we are faced with a bout of mastitis? Recognizing the problem There are many warning signs and indicate that you may be coming down with mastitis. 1) An area on the breast becomes sore and red. The site of the clogged duct develops a very pronounced red spot which is extremely painful to the touch and holding or carrying your baby on this side may become unbearable. You may also see or feel a lump. 2) You may experience pain during nursing sessions. This may begin as a tingling sensation in the nipple. If there is no pain while the baby is nursing on that side, it does not mean that you don’t in fact have mastitis. 3) Development of flu-like symptoms. You may experience a fever along with chills and body aches. Exhaustion is another common side effect. Many women report not even being able to get out of bed. What to do if you suspect you have mastitis At the first signs of developing mastitis: 1) Get into bed and rest! Even if you can just sit quietly for a few hours without doing anything such as housework or taking care of other children or family members, you’ll benefit. 2) Apply warm compresses to the site of the clogged duct. Take a hot shower or even lower your breast into a bowl or pot filled with warm water and soak for a few minutes, several times an hour. 3)...
5 Tips for A Stress Free Holiday Season

5 Tips for A Stress Free Holiday Season

Holidays can be a stressful time for many people. If you’re a new mother, or are late into your pregnancy, we imagine that it may be an even more stressful time for you! With longer to-do lists, people to shop for, party invitations to respond to, on top of caring for a brand new baby that your relatives may be dying to meet, you may find yourself having to juggle many things at once. Here 5 tips for a stress-free holiday season: 1. Set expectations. You may not be able to do many of things you did in previous years, and you shouldn’t expect yourself to. Don’t allow yourself to feel bad about not being able to host a party, or not be able to make it to as many gatherings as you did in previous years. Being a new mother and being pregnant can be a very demanding time for you, and you need to allow yourself the time and space to have a flexible schedule. 2. Decide on the amount of time you will spend at an event. If you do intend to be at certain functions, agree with your partner beforehand about the time you will need to leave, and find a polite way to let the host know as well. This will help you to take care of yourself and ensure that you don’t tire yourself out too much, which is common during the holiday season! 3. Holiday party dresses! Are you nursing? Having the right party outfit can help you feel comfortable and at ease, and enjoy yourself thoroughly at your holiday parties. With...
10 Gift Ideas for New Mothers

10 Gift Ideas for New Mothers

Pamper the new mother in your life Are you looking for a last-minute gift for a friend or loved one who just recently gave birth to a bundle of joy? Here are some useful gifts to pamper a new mum. She must have received mountains of gifts for her baby, so we are sure she will appreciate something thoughtful and practical just for herself. Here are some gift ideas for a new mum… 1. Offer your time. A new mother is probably operating on very little sleep and will appreciate some practical help! Offer to come by and give her a hand tidying up, or to run an errand or two. A voucher for a cleaning service would make a great gift too! 2. Homecooked meals. If you’re a great cook, this is one gift she will absolutely adore! Prepare a batch of meals she can freeze and easily reheat. All she needs is 2 minutes and she will have a ready-made, nutritious meal. 3. Entertainment for long nursing nights. Get her a device that she can hold with one hand – like a Kindle – where she can upload all her favorite books. 4. Perk up her mood with a pretty outfit: 5. A trip to the spa. Get her a voucher that she can redeem at her leisure, on her own time and schedule. 6. Bath products. Time to herself will be precious at this point, so you can help to heighten her enjoyment of her me-time! Get her some delicious smelling, luxurious feeling bath products, like a sea salt scrub. (Marc Jacobs Domo Arigato Elizababy bag)...
How to Parent Compassionately

How to Parent Compassionately

by Steve Stosny Ph.D. from compassionpower.com Compassionate Parenting provides a secure emotional base from which children carry out their genetic programs to explore and interact with their environments in safety and protection. At the same time, parents develop the protective, nurturing, and compassionate skills that empower them in all areas of life, including work and health. We simply function at our best when we have emotional connections with our children that are strong, flexible, and enjoyable. Compassion most definitely does not mean letting children get away with bad or selfish behavior. It does not mean that parents should go along with whatever children want. Nor does it mean overindulgence, generosity, or magnanimity. Compassionate parents are able to see beneath the surface of their children’s behavior to get at the deeper motivations. They empower children to control their own behavior by teaching them to regulate their motivations. To parent compassionately is certainly not perfect parenting. The best parents in the world do not go a single day without making some error in what they do or say to their children. Fortunately, kids are extremely resilient when it comes to parental mistakes. A major tenet of the Compassionate Parenting program is that whatever parents say and do matters far less than their emotional motivation. Unless a child is deep into a destructive mode, almost anything a parent says or does in apositive mode will succeed. In fact, experiments show that children perceive even highly critical statements done with positive motivation as caring and encouraging. Regardless of what mode the child is in, almost nothing the parent says or does in the...
More Helpful Tips for Breastfeeding

More Helpful Tips for Breastfeeding

by: Daphne Nancholas Benefits Breastfeeding has many benefits for your baby. If your baby can be breast-fed for at least 6 months then the risk of allergies, such as eczema, are reduced, ear infections and stomach upsets are also reduced. Mother’s milk seems to boost your baby’s immune system generally. How does breast milk do this? Well breast-milk, unlike formula milk, contains antibodies designed to prevent an immature immune system from becoming overwhelmed with the foreign proteins that challenge it. Research has shown that exclusive breastfeeding for six months is associated with a reduced incidence of allergy and reduced risk of gastro-intestinal illness, respiratory illness, ear infections, diabetes, obesity and respiratory wheeze. So there are lots of benefits for your baby if you breast-feed. According to the NCT nine out of ten mothers did not know that breastfeeding for just one month has a lasting impact on health during the first 14 years of a baby’s life. All the authoritative expert bodies that advise on parenting are still right behind the message they’ve always endorsed: breastfeeding is definitely still the best. The longer the breastfeeding continues, the greater the health gains for both mother and baby. Benefits for mums too? Mothers are encouraged to breast-feed, though some women find that it can be embarrassing to do so in public places. Embarrassment aside there are benefits to mothers as well. Breastfeeding can lead to a more rapid return to your pre-pregnancy weight and also reduces the risk to mothers of pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer. For some people breastfeeding can be a painful and upsetting experience. It is a...
Top 5 Tips for Pregnancy Health for Mom & Baby

Top 5 Tips for Pregnancy Health for Mom & Baby

Adapted from Robert Thatcher Finally the pregnancy test kit showed that you are positively pregnant! You double-check by going to an ob-gyne and after undergoing a battery of tests the doctor confirmed that you really are pregnant. Pregnancy can bring so much joy to a family. Pregnancy is oftentimes one of the most awaited events in a woman’s life, especially if the woman has had a hard time trying to conceive. This means that when a woman is pregnant taking some precautions for health maintenance is paramount. Here are some ways that a pregnant woman can employ to ensure the health of her baby and her self, too. 1. Eat well, conceive well. It’s not true that you have to eat for two when pregnant. Eating more than the amount of food that is enough for one person will only cause the unwanted bloat. According to research, a pregnant woman will only need an extra 200 to 300 calories per day. And who knows, you might be already eating those extra calories. Eating healthy food will do you and your growing baby just right. Of course, try to avoid packing on those extra calories should from junk food! 2. Supplement your wellness. A pregnant mom should take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid, better even before conception and during early pregnancy. Why folic acid? Because this micro-mineral, which is found mostly on green leafy vegies, when taken in 400 mcg amounts daily before and during early pregnancy, can reduce the risk of having babies born with neural tube defects. 3. Away with your vices. It could have been...
Handling Criticism When Breastfeeding

Handling Criticism When Breastfeeding

by: Patty Hone Feelings about how to parent seem to shift with every generation. A new way of parenting, sometimes called attachment parenting, has emerged and it challenges many of the rigid teachings of our mother’s generation. Although breastfeeding is on the rise now, women are still dealing with the repercussions of previous generations. Not too long ago mainstream women did not breastfeed at all and the ones that did were taught to follow strict schedules. Some thought of breastfeeding as primitive. Formula was touted as being equal to or superior to breast milk. Only recently, has the fact that “breast is best” been acknowledged. Other women were in the workforce. They may have felt that breastfeeding was not an option for them. They did not have the modern breast pump available to them. The medical community may not have encouraged breastfeeding at the time. It is not hard to imagine. After all, even with all the knowledge about the benefits of breastfeeding there are still many health professionals today that are uneducated and unsupportive of breastfeeding. With all the challenges in the way of breastfeeding, it is understandable why many women of yesterday did not choose to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has come a long way but still many of the old thinking still carries on. Women are more educated on the subject; however, even with the many books and other information available, people are often most influenced by their immediate family and friends. Having the support of friends and family can boost the chances of having a successful breastfeeding experience. On the other hand, having to deal with criticism...
5 Heart Healthy Exercises You Can Do During Pregnancy

5 Heart Healthy Exercises You Can Do During Pregnancy

by Tia Rodriguez. Pregnancy is a time of celebration, love, and necessary weight gain. However, being pregnant doesn’t mean that your health and fitness have to take a hit. You can gain weight in a healthy fashion while doing some very easy and safe heart healthy pregnancy exercise routines. One of the simplest and most effective pregnancy exercises you can do is walking. Not only is walking one of the best cardiovascular exercises, it is also one of the safest pregnancy exercises you can engage in. Walking is one of the few pregnancy exercises that you can do for the complete duration of your pregnancy. Another extremely beneficial heart healthy pregnancy exercise is swimming. Countless doctors and pregnant women have attested to the wonderful benefits of swimming during pregnancy. A weekly pregnancy exercise routine of swimming gives both the arms and legs a great workout while promoting cardiovascular health. Because of the nature of being subdued in water, swimming will also remind expectant mothers what it felt like before the pounds were added on. This is definitely a welcome change every now and then. The third pregnancy exercise routine you can start doing to keep your body healthy is enrolling in an aerobics class. Many fitness centers and community centers offer low impact aerobics classes for pregnant women. One of the nicer benefits of this pregnancy exercise is that it is done in the company of other pregnant women under the watchful eye of a professional aerobics instructor. This means you are going to get a safe workout catered to the special needs of pregnancy. Weight training is also...
9 Parenting Tips for All New Parents

9 Parenting Tips for All New Parents

by Alison Palmer If you are like most parents, you probably want to raise healthy, smart kids. You may already have some ideas on how to achieve this! Here are some parenting tips that will help parents ensure their children develop to their full potential. One of the parenting tips that work best is giving your children quantity and quality time. When you spend time with your kids, try to engage them in meaningful conversations. Try to build fun and healthy communications and relationships while the kids are young. In many homes, parents do not really talk to their kids when they are young. But when the kids become teens, these parents desperately want to talk to their teens. But the opportunity is not there anymore. Try not to become the ‘average parent’. According to statistics, an average American parent spends less than fifteen minutes a week in serious discussion with their children. Practice and develop good habits. It is important that you push your kids to exercise their faith and put into action the lessons that they have received. For example, it is one thing to learn about charity and caring, but it is another thing to volunteer some time to visit nursing homes and serve the elderly, or participate in building a house for the poor. Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher, said that virtues are acquired by the development of habits. At first it may feel like a duty to maintain good habits but it will become easier as time goes by, and soon they will exercise good habits effortlessly. Be a good role model. It is...
Shendy, Mother of 3, Shares Her Breastfeeding Tips

Shendy, Mother of 3, Shares Her Breastfeeding Tips

Get to know our longtime Annee Matthew customer, Shendy, and her experiences with her 3 adorable children! Greatest joys Baby Belle is the latest addition into the family. She’s my third and youngest in the family. Exchanging smiles and chuckles, nursing them plus looking at all three growing up healthily are my greatest joys! Greatest challenges Like most mommies, I’m into breastfeeding for all my three children as there are so many benefits when the child is on breast milk. I would prefer to nurse them directly i.e. Latch the child directly so as to have the personal touch. Lots of people say it’s hardship as the child will bite and I’ll have to wake up in the middle of the night to nurse, can’t go for shopping trips without disturbances or even tours. But I don’t consider these things to be hardship at all. These are just part of the territory when it comes to breastfeeding and being a mom. That said, the greatest challenge started when I had my first child. In the first two weeks after delivery, I wasn’t able to produce sufficient milk to feed my child despite taking supplements, having massages, etc. I had to turn to formula. To ensure my milk supply, I did whatever I could (trust me, I tried every single thing) until I nearly gave up. FINALLY, milk supply came but I was still unable to have sufficient milk for the child. The child at this point, too used to milk bottles started to reject me!I was devastated…I tried whatever I could, which included many rounds of tears, pain and...
10 Tips for Mompreneurs

10 Tips for Mompreneurs

In last week’s post, Annie shared her story of how she began Annee Matthew – in her search for stylish nursing wear, she came up empty – and so decided to start her own instead! This week, she shares her 10 tips for mompreneurs. This is also relevant if you are running / starting a SOHO business! Here are 10 things you need to know: 1. Discipline is key – Create a time table for everyone to see mom’s working hours (it could be 20-30mins block) – Then stick to the time table! 2. Have a proper office – Create a working space (with a no entry sign, if possible, when mom is working) – It could be the dining table, but when mom is there working during her working hours, nobody disturbs her (this would take some training with the younger children but you gotta stick to it) 3. Perfection is not the goal – It’s OK to have a messy house; nobody is going to judge you – It’s OK to have messy looking healthy kids; they are having fun and you are a wonderful mom 4. Have a TO DO LIST – Prioritize; get the most important done first and the least important, when you have extra time & energy – Have a fresh list every night and, don’t give yourself any excuses that “the list is in my head!” – What the mind sees, it will do; so, make sure you write it down. 5. Be flexible – If things doesn’t work out the way you planned, it’s OK – Look at the lessons learned...
8 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mums

8 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mums

by Sharon Hopkins. The benefits of breastfeeding are myriad – the foremost of which is its nutrition value. Breast milk contains proteins and nutrients that could beat any other health drink for your child. The usefulness of this milk becomes more important because it protects the baby from some of the worst health problems. There is no substitute for breast milk so providing this milk to your child would be the best thing to give to your child. It has been studied that children who have been breastfed grow faster and are healthier than the ones who have not been breastfed. Breast milk contains lactoferrin which helps in absorption of iron and protects the intestine from any harmful bacteria. The other component called lipases helps in digesting your fats which helps in baby’s growth and development. It not only serves the purpose of providing nutrients to your child but also in serving the purpose to quench to your baby’s thirst and fill-in your baby’s stomach. The IQ of the child also increases by providing breast milk. It saves lot of time and money as you don’t have to sit up late night and mix the formula for your baby. The cost baby food is also cut which gives more time for the mother to be with her baby. It creates a bond between the mother and child which binds them together. Nursing helps the mother to loose the extra pounds which she gained during her pregnancy. It burns out lot of calories which helps in bringing back the original size. If there are any chances of bleeding after child...
10 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby Discreetly In Public

10 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby Discreetly In Public

By Carrie Lauth, edited with original content from Annee Matthew moms. If you’re a new Mom who is nursing your baby you may be nervous about doing so in public. Or perhaps you are disturbed by media reports of women who are harassed for breastfeeding in public and are considering pumping your milk to give your baby when you leave home. Here are some tips for discreet breastfeeding that have worked for many Moms. Hopefully they will help you feel more comfortable nursing in public, so you can avoid the inconvenience of pumping and preparing bottles. 1. Peer support. Before you have your baby, attend a breastfeeding support group meeting, or join one on Facebook, such as Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group Singapore, that organizes frequent events. Unfortunately in our Society that gives lip service to the benefits of breastfeeding, it is still rare to see Moms nursing in public, and so most of us grow up having our own babies never having seen another woman nurse. Going to a meeting and seeing how other Moms nurse their babies discreetly and confidently can boost your own confidence. They can also share with you tips that will make nursing in public easier for you. 2. And even more peer support. At its best, social media is wonderful for creating a sense of community and support. We’ve already compiled a list of mothers on Instagram who inspire us with their breastfeeding images and stories. 3. Invest in a baby sling. These are wonderful for making life with a baby easier all around, but one thing they’re great for is discreet breastfeeding. I...
Unsung Benefits of Breastfeeding

Unsung Benefits of Breastfeeding

Republished from Phillip J. Goscienski, M.D. From the Stone Age until just a few generations ago, human infants’ only sustenance was mother’s milk, but modern infant formula seems to be an adequate substitute. After all, infant mortality in Western societies is at historic lows and growth patterns are normal. But is that all there is to it? Could there be other benefits to breastfeeding, both to the mother and to the infant? Here are some lesser-known benefits of breastfeeding: Post-delivery stress discomfort. All those hours of labor may be natural, but they are exhausting and stressful for mom. It’s not so easy on baby, either! First, that cushion of fluid suddenly vanishes in a big gush as labor begins. Then comes the big squeeze as the infant is mashed against the opening of the uterus, and through a birth canal that is so narrow that the baby’s skull elongates just to fit through. It takes a day or so before a newborn’s head gets its normal rounded shape back. Enter endorphins, morphine-like hormones that the body produces, and that relieve pain and stress.Beta endorphin appears in the early milk (colostrum) of mothers who deliver naturally, but there is much less in the breastmilk of mothers who undergo Caesarian section, and who bypass a stressful labor. Even higher levels appear in the colostrum of those mothers who deliver prematurely, and whose infants might have undergone even more stress before and during delivery. Nature thus helps to make the transition from the cozy, quiet womb to the outside world a little easier. Baby’s suckling helps healing. After a successful delivery, the...
5 Tips to Increase Breast Milk Supply

5 Tips to Increase Breast Milk Supply

Hello mamas! First of all, if you are currently stressing out about your breast milk supply, take time now to stop, take a long, deep breath, and pat yourself on the shoulder for persevering. You’re doing a great job – regardless of the flow of your breast milk or any other factor – remind yourself that you’re doing well and that we’re right there with you. Having a baby is a tough job! Always keep that in mind, and be kind to yourself. Here are some tips we’ve gathered across the web, which other moms have also recommended, for increasing breast milk supply. 1. Stress less. Always keep in mind, mamas, that having a baby is a stressful, life-changing event. Of course you will feel anxious/worried/not exhilarated/glowing or totally relaxed all of the time! Remember that motherhood depicted in the media is often a completely glossed over, airbrushed version. Because having a baby is a huge change in your life – mentally, emotionally, physically – and change, even good change, causes stress. And guess what? Stress can affect you physiologically, including your breast milk supply. So keep this in mind, be kind to yourself, breathe through the tough, frustrating or downright disheartening moments, and know that this too shall pass. Stress less, don’t be hard on yourself – and this act of self-love will go a long way towards helping to increase your breast milk supply. 2. Persist. Especially in the first week of nursing, breast milk supply might not be forthcoming or flow easily. This is because the very act of nursing, with your baby suckling at your...

5 of Our Favourite Mommy Bloggers

We’re constantly seeking out inspiration and advice from fellow mothers on the Internet, and we always end up gleaning great insights from what they’ve learnt along the way. Here are five of our favorite mommy bloggers we find ourselves visiting on the daily! 1. Rebecca Woolf of Girls Gone Child, LA Rebecca and her gorgeous brood of four have truly captured our hearts; with Rebecca’s real, true-to-life musings on marriage and motherhood and a talent for capturing magic in the ordinary, we’re always excited to see her posts pop up in our feed. Read: In this post on the early days of her marriage, she shares an honest look at those hard-to-define, complex emotions that accompany marriage and identity: “Years ago, I used to take off my wedding ring when I went out. I loved Hal, sure, but I didn’t love being a wife. And when I went out alone, I wanted to be myself, uncompromising and unhinged and committed to nothing and no one but the moment. Because I felt a part of me had died and I needed to revive it… I needed to let it out of its cage to remind me that I was more than just someone’s mother, someone’s wife… I was simply (for a few hours, anyway) my own me. I belonged to myself.” 2. Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo, NYC Joanna is a magazine-writer turned blogger who chronicles her life with her two baby boys while writing about lifestyle, beauty and fashion. We especially love her Motherhood Around the World series, which shows an interesting peek into the ways attitudes towards...
Debunking 7 Biggest Breastfeeding Myths

Debunking 7 Biggest Breastfeeding Myths

Breastfeeding is always a hot topic and while there is plenty of scientific literature available on the subject, there are still a number of myths that continue to circulate. If you are currently a nursing mother or plan to be after the birth of your baby, you can rest assured that the following 7 myths are NOT true. Here are 7 myths dispelled. Myth #1: Babies who are frequently breastfeed grow into obese children. Actually, the opposite is true. Babies who are weaned from breastfeeding early and fed formula over-enthusiastically are more likely to be obese later in life. Breastfed babies learn to regulate their own feeding pattern and stop eating when they are full and have consumed all they need. Myth #2: Breastfeeding causes your breast to sag. Wrong! While pregnancy does cause some changes in your breast, breastfeeding doesn’t play a significant role in determining your breast’s shape in the future. However, your body type, heredity, and excess weight loss and gain do have a role. Myth #3: If you are planning to go back to work, you can’t breastfeed. Yes, you can. Breastfeeding gives you an opportunity to bond with your baby, even after you have returned to work. In fact, babies who are breastfed tend to healthier than those who are fed formula meaning moms miss work less often. When you are not with your baby, pumping is an option. A number of companies allow nursing breaks and even have facilities, such as lactation rooms, where the mom can pump in private. Myth #4: You won’t make enough milk. Rarely is this the case. For...

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